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Sustainable Communities

Providing for the Community

Building Sustainable Communities is the culmination of applying the lessons learned from sustainable lands and the six sustainable initiatives. A sustainable community is one that provides robust learning initiatives, diverse employment opportunities, multi-generational living arrangements, and a happy, healthy island for all to enjoy.

A Long-Standing Housing Goal

One of Grove Farm’s long-standing goals is providing housing for local residents. In our earliest days, George Wilcox constructed plantation camps to house employees. Eventually, house and lot packages were developed, and Grove Farm was the first plantation statewide to offer employees the ability to purchase their homes.

Today, Grove Farm continues its focus on residential development with the island’s residents in mind. These communities naturally grew around areas with convenient access to commerce, civic centers, schools and facilities that make a community a community.

Take, for example, the community of Koloa. Grove Farm developed over 245 lots – many which were focused on its employees – which included Waikomo and Kōloa Block. Our future development of Waihohonu will also be located near the town core to allow for walkability to the markets, school, post office, stores, banks, churches, and other amenities you would find in a community. Increased walkability to hubs of business takes cars off the road and relieves Kaua’i’s growing traffic problems.

Sustainable Communities Projects

In today’s world, offering a range of housing opportunities with mixed land use and walkable neighborhoods is key to a sustainable community. This concept holds true in our Lihuʻe-Hanamaulu-Puhi Master Plan Community. Smart Growth principles include a choice of housing opportunities such as single-family dwellings like Hokulei Estates, multi-family units such as Halelani and Hookena, duplexes including Regency at Huleʻia and Halemalu, and an assisted living community with the Regency at Puakea. All of these residential units are in close proximity to the middle school, community college, restaurants, retail establishments, offices, and recreational activities.

Lihuʻe and Kōloa Subdivisions

Since the 1950s, Grove Farm has spearheaded these developments in collaboration with multiple agencies to provide these lots and affordable homes to Kauaʻi's residents.

In Lihu’e, Grove Farm developed subdivisions such as Ulu Kukui, Ulu Mahi, Ulu Ko, Komohana, Puako, Pikake, Puakea, Villas at Pu'ali, and the Puhi Subdivision. Back in 1966, 67 lots in the initial phase of Puhi Subdivision were sold to employees of Grove Farm. Affordable housing projects make up more than half of all the lots developed by Grove Farm, which makes Grove Farm the largest developer of affordable units in the island’s history.

SubdivisionNumber of Lots/Units
Kōloa Block30
Pua Loke Tract71
Puhi Subdivision146
Waikomo Subdivisions168
Ulu Kukui Subdivision31
Ulu Mahi131
Komohana Subdivision98
Ulu Ko182
SubdivisionNumber of Lots/Units
The Villas at Pu’ali104
Puhi Self-Help Housing41
Regency at Puakea82
Regency at Hule’ia83
Hokulei Estates209
Halelani Village292

Wailani Sustainable Community Development

The future Wailani development -- near the airport and the State Judiciary Complex -- will be a mixed-use community with a range of housing choices near schools, retail establishments, restaurants, offices, healthcare, civic centers, recreational activities and other amenities that support and enrich your everyday living. Our goal is to create a true live-work-play development suitable for all generations.

Planning and Collaboration

Planning for a sustainable community involves much more than simply land planning practices. It involves the conscious decision to engage in sustainable practices for energy, water, food, health, species, and historic sites. By having these components, we can move forward towards a happy and healthy community for all.

Grove Farm's Sustainability Initiatives